Our living room has made some major steps up in the last couple of months (thanks to the new fireplace mantel and built-ins!), but one corner has been ignored. This space behind our front door also serves as a landing of sorts for our stairway.
I thought it would be perfect for a coat rack! We’ve been having people over more frequently (the downside to investing in a fixer-upper is feeling like you can’t have people over the first year because your house is a wreck) and have no where to hang their winter gear while they’re here. I bought some coat hooks at Lowes one day (all of the wood we had on hand in our workshop) and decided making a coat rack would be my project for that day’s naptime.
I began by using my Kreg jig and glue to attach a 1×3 ledge to a 1×8, which served as the anchor for the coat hooks. I made our coat rack 52″ long because of the size of our space.
Next I added a rim (made of 1 3/8 inch lattice) to the front and exposed side of the ledge, using glue and some brad nails to hold it in place. I wanted something that would keep picture frames from scooting off the ledge. It also made it a appear bit more substantial which always helps things look nicer.
All that was left was to add a bit of trim under the ledge to pretty things up. I layered a piece of 1 3/8 inch lattice under some small decorative trim. With everything assembled I filled all holes with joint compound, including the knots in the wood.
When the joint compound dried, I sanded the coat rack with 150 grit paper, primed and painted it with our semi-gloss trim paint (Du Jour by Valspar).
Next up was deciding where the coat hooks would be on the board. I just played around with what looked best, then measured to make sure everything was even.
I found these black coat hooks at Lowes. They were in the hardware section, but not the same aisle as the rest of the cabinet hardware and hooks. Best part? They were more attractive than the other ones AND cheaper. Win win.
I marked the location of the two screw holes for the coat hooks and predrilled. Then I added a third hole (centered and above the other two) where I would drill through the board to attach it to the wall). This way it the coat rack was secured to the wall, but still able to be removed fairly easily should we ever decide we don’t want a coat rack there. Plus no filling holes is always a positive in my book!
After making sure it was level and at the right height, I screwed the coat rack into the wall. I was lucky and hit two studs, but if your location doesn’t work out like that, I suggest using an anchor or toggle bolt.
I hadn’t attached the coat hooks yet for two reasons. First, attaching the rack to the wall first allowed me to hide those screws behind the coat hooks. Second, most coat hook screws are 1 inch long and the wood is only 3/4 inch thick, so part of the screw would stick out the backside, keeping it from being flush to the wall. This way it still goes all of the way through the wood, but the excess length easily goes into the wall behind the wood.
After attaching the coat hooks I rounded up some art and frames to rest on the ledge.
I LOVE seeing these photos and art pieces from the living room and when I come down the stairs; they hold so much sentimental value.
The photo on the left is an old school picture of my dad reading to me (One Fish, Two Fish, if I’m not mistaken by the picture) when I wasn’t much older than Jules is now. The painted bouquet of flowers was Dylan’s gift to me for our first Valentine’s Day together. I’m a math nerd (I was a high school math teacher before staying at home with Jules) so the flowers are made entirely of tiny numbers. Isn’t he both talented and clever? I still love it, six years later.
Next is a photo of Dylan with young Jules, followed by another piece of artwork Dylan made for me for my birthday shortly after we were married. We try to make our gifts to each other. Sometimes we buy gifts, but as we get older we find that we don’t need (or want) as much stuff, so a nice handmade gift is a nice gesture.
We’ve had several chances to use the new coat rack since it went in and still love it. Generally it is empty of coats unless we have guests, because it helps keep the living room feeling clean and uncluttered.a
Seeing these pictures is making me start another to do list to finish it off:
- paint the inside of the front door
- paint the coat closet door
- paint the stairway wall white
- pull up carpet (eventually)
- refinish floors (eventually)
Linking up to: Work It Wednesday (The Happy Housie)